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This one-hour program was created by the Sacramento Area August Peace Event Planning Group, which includes the Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.   The program includes a powerful eyewitness account by Setsuko Thurlow, a nuclear disarmament activist and survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, statements by US Representative John Garamendi and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and...
Topics: atomic bombings, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, nuclear disarmament
Media Edge
Jun 4, 2019
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"2019 PSR High School Scholarship Essay Contest”  (1 hour, 41 minutes) On May 5, 2019, Sacramento area high school students read and defended their essays in response to this statement by President Barack Obama:  "We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it." The 10 finalists presented their essays at the contest finals dinner that was attended by a very large audience.  The finalists answered...
Topics: PSR, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2019 High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Media Edge
May 29, 2019
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"2019 PSR High School Scholarship Essay Contest”  (1 hour, 41 minutes) On May 5, 2019, Sacramento area high school students read and defended their essays in response to this statement by President Barack Obama:  "We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it." The 10 finalists presented their essays at the contest finals dinner that was attended by a very large audience.  The finalists answered...
Topics: PSR, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 2019 High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Media Edge
Oct 10, 2018
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PLEASE NOTE:  AFTER THIS EPISODE #702, MEDIA EDGE WILL BE TAKING A BREAK. After more than 700 consecutive weeks (since April 3, 2005) of providing two hours of progressive programming every week to cable access channels throughout the United States, "Media Edge" will suspend its operations for awhile.  During this hiatus, we will be re-tooling to upgrade to high definition video, in addition to getting some much-needed rest (and dealing with health-related issues). Thank you very...
Topics: Is Trump the Worst President in History?, The Fog of Trump, Trauma at the Border, Making a Killing...
Media Edge
Oct 4, 2018
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Episode #701 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the week of October 13-19, 201) will include: "Last Hours" (11 minutes) “Last Hours” was written by Thom Hartmann and co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s father, George. This short documentary leaps far ahead of immediate issues of oceans rising to take away coastland. Frequent extreme weather events are happening in unusual places, causing record breaking destruction. Hurricanes, tornadoes, ice, hail and snow...
Topics: Last Hours, The Internet's Own Boy
Media Edge
Sep 14, 2018
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Episode #700 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of October 6-12, 2018) includes: "Saving the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy: Why America needs a Poor People’s Campaign and a National Moral Revival" (1 hour, 56 minutes) This entire episode of Media Edge will include our recording of a spellbinding presentation by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber in Sacramento on November 3, 2017 at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church Rev. Dr. Barber inspired a packed Moon...
Topic: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
Media Edge
Sep 13, 2018
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Episode #699 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 29 - October 5, 2018) includes: "What Do You Think When You Look at Me?" (16.5 minutes) When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? Mogahed asks us to fight negative perceptions of her faith in the media — and to choose empathy over prejudice. "Street Corner...
Topics: negative perceptions of Muslims, Car Wash Industry Abuses Workers, Google and the World Brain
Media Edge
Sep 11, 2018
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Episode #698 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 22-28, 2018) includes: "Just Say No to Space Force" (9 minutes) How can we deal with health care needs, climate change, and growing poverty when Trump and his followers want to build “Pyramids to the Heavens?” Keep Space for Peace Week will be October 6-13 this year. "Healing Trauma: Beyond Gangs and Prisons" (23 minutes) This short documentary follows the transformative stories...
Topics: Just Say No to Space Force, Beyond Gangs and Prisons, Sydney Chaffee, Native Americans in New...
Media Edge
Sep 8, 2018
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Episode #697 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 15-21, 2018) includes: "The Roots of Racism in Charlottesville" (4 minutes) Nazis, violence, and the long history of white supremacy: Charlottesville and America one year later.  "Breathing While Black" (6.5 minutes) Is a deadly chemical killing off a predominantly black Louisiana town?  This 77-year old thinks so.  Now he's taking on a giant chemical plant to save his community....
Topics: Roots of Racism in Charlottesville, Breathing While Black, When Heritage Equals Hate, Warrantless...
Media Edge
Aug 30, 2018
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Episode #696 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 8-14, 2018) includes: "As Twitter Suspends Alex Jones, Should We Worry About Silicon Valley?" (32 minutes) Sam Biddle, Glenn Greenwald, and Briahna Joy debate how the left should consider free speech issues in the context of online platforms. "Why the "Wrong Side of the Tracks" Is Usually the East Side of Cities" (7 minutes) What do communities on the social, economic and...
Topics: free speech, disparity by design in cities, Fight for Affordable Housing in California, Housing...
Media Edge
Aug 20, 2018
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Episode #695 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 1-7, 2018) includes: "In Conversation: Elizabeth Warren and Robert Reich" (27 minutes) Robert Reich and Senator Elizabeth Warren discuss the progressive movement and how we can reclaim democracy.  "Boycotting Bigotry: Comedians Combat Trump's Corruption and Hate" (11 minutes) Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah launch their Boycott Bigotry campaign in Charlottesville, VA,...
Topics: Elizabeth Warren, Robert Reich, Boycott Bigotry, Gun Violence in America
Media Edge
Aug 16, 2018
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Episode #694 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 25-31, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26.5 minutes) Laura hits the road this week to report on community stories throughout the country: entrepreneurship in St. Louis; electoral organizing in Uniontown, Alabama; and community wealth building on urban farms in the Detroit area. "Robert Reich: 8 Short Videos" (26 minutes) “Is Donald Trump a Traitor?” “We're Living a...
Topics: Laura Flanders, Robert Reich, Power of Diversity, Bayou Bridge Pipeline, U.S. Intervention in Iraq
Media Edge
Aug 6, 2018
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Episode #693 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 18-24, 2018) includes: "How to Prevent Future Trumps" (4 minutes) Robert Reich explains how we can stop the rise of more Trumps in the future. "USDA Inspectors Complained About Chemicals Sprayed on Poultry -- They Were Ignored" (8.5 minutes) In 2008, Jessica Robertson was a full-time consumer safety inspector for the U.S.D.A. In the years that followed, she had three elbow surgeries and...
Topics: Trump, USDA Inspectors, Racism, Racial Profiling, 2018 High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Media Edge
Aug 1, 2018
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Episode #692 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 11-17, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (51.5 minutes) In these two episodes, Laura and her guests address these topics: “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party's Radical Rise,” and “Decolonizing Wealth Through Indigenous Leadership.” "TED Talks: Lindsay Malloy and Bronwyn King" (29.5 minutes) In these two TED Talks, Lindsay Malloy and Bronwyn King discuss: “Why Teens...
Topics: Jeremy Corbyn, Decolonizing Wealth, coal barges, inhumane immigration policies, Fukushima
Media Edge
Jul 25, 2018
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Episode #691 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 4-10, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (78 minutes) In these three episodes, Laura and her guests address these topics: “Bodies, Borders, Resistance, Rebirth,” “All Families Belong Together,” and “Telling Stories of the Syrian Civil War.” "Gaza Farmers Struggle Between Economic Squeeze and Israeli Sniper Fire" (10 minutes) The Israeli blockade of Gaza means that...
Topics: .Gaza Farmers, Tax the Rich, Power to the People, Renewable Energy
Media Edge
Jul 18, 2018
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Episode #690 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 28 - August 3, 2018) includes: "Is Trump the Worst President in History?" (4.5 minutes) Robert Reich compares Trump's presidency to the worst presidents in American history. "The Fog of Trump" (3.5 minutes) Robert Reich explains how Trump creates a constant state of confusion. "Trauma at the Border" (4.5 minutes) Pediatricians reveal the long-term damage that can be done when...
Topics: Trump, worst president, immigration, gun violence, NRA
Media Edge
Jul 9, 2018
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Episode #689 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 21-27, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25.5 minutes) Building the Democratic Economy, from Preston to Cleveland. Preston, England, the birthplace of the industrial revolution in many ways, is experimenting with a new, cooperative model, inspired by another formerly industrialized city: Cleveland, Ohio. "To Prison for Poverty" (13.5 minutes) To Prison for Poverty documents the...
Topics: To Prison for Poverty, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, immigration, safe drinking water
Media Edge
Jul 2, 2018
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Episode #688 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 14-20, 2018) includes:   "Caliph Donald Trump and the Rise of the Christian Taliban" (4 minutes) There is a growing threat to the laws and values of the United States from a group of religious extremists and fanatics. Not from so-called jihadists or Islamists, or to “creeping Sharia,” but from the “Christian Taliban” — those Bible-thumping fundamentalists who are bent on theocratizing the...
Topics: Christian Taliban, Living While Black, Dead Zone of the Gulf of Mexico, What You Need to Know About...
Media Edge
Jun 25, 2018
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Episode #687 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 7-13, 2018) includes:  "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes)  Is a Public Bank in the financial capital of the world possible?  And how will that public bank help worker co-ops, students, entrepreneurs, and more?  Laura’s guests discuss why it's more needed than ever - and what they're doing to make it happen. "Lacking Birth Control Options, Venezuelan Women Turn to Sterilization and...
Topics: public bank, birth control in Venezuela, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School school shooting,...
Media Edge
Jun 20, 2018
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Episode #686 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 30 - July 6, 2018) includes:  "The Laura Flanders Show" (51.5 minutes)  In these two episodes, Laura and her guests address these topics:  “Should Activists Run for Congress?” and “Outsider Power Shifts Insider Politics.”  "5 Things Every Forest-Lover Needs to Know About Sprite" (4.5 minutes)  Sprite says it cares about sustainability, but did you know the company has been...
Topics: Sprite, forest destruction in Argentina, racial division, U.S. bail system, military spending
Media Edge
Jun 13, 2018
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Episode #685 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 23-29, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (78.5 minutes) In these three episodes, Laura and her guests address these topics: “Art, AIDS & Challenge of Retrospection,” “Communities Over Commodities,” and “Making Data Shift Power.” "The Standing Rock Resistance and Our Fight for Indigenous Rights" (11 minutes) Tribal attorney Tara Houska chronicles the history of...
Topics: Standing Rock Resistance, Erik Prince, Immigrant Stories
Media Edge
Jun 7, 2018
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Episode #684 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 16-22, 2018) includes: "2018 High School Scholarship Essay Contest" (1 hour, 31 minutes) On May 6, Sacramento area high school students read and defended their essays in response to a quotation from Iranian women’s rights advocate, Mahnaz Afkhami: “The connection between women’s human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development, and peace is increasingly apparent." Sponsored by the...
Topics: 2018 High School Scholarship Essay Contest, Dire Consequences of Privatizing Ailing Public Water...
Media Edge
May 29, 2018
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Episode #683 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 9-15, 2018) includes:   "Saving the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy: Why America needs a Poor People’s Campaign and a National Moral Revival" (1 hour, 56 minutes)  This entire episode of Media Edge will include our recording of a spellbinding presentation by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber in Sacramento on November 3 at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church.  Rev. Dr. Barber inspired a packed Moon...
Topic: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
Media Edge
May 21, 2018
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Episode #682 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 2-8, 2018) includes: “The Laura Flanders Show” (26.5 minutes) Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant proclaimed April as Confederate Heritage Month. Mississippi has the last state banner featuring confederate iconography, and the movement to change it is an important part of the greater movement to take down Confederate symbols in America. “What if Gentrification was about Healing Communities Instead of...
Topics: Confederate symbols in America, Gentrification, Monopolization of America, Growing Danger of...
Media Edge
May 10, 2018
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Episode #681 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 26 - June 1, 2018) includes: "Black Victims of Police Violence are Victims of Gun Violence" (4.5 minutes) We have a major problem with media coverage of gun violence: it rarely includes widespread police violence against people of color. "The Laura Flanders Show" (25.5 minutes)  Money for the arts. Where does it come from? Where does it go?  Every day there’s another multi-million...
Topics: Black victims of police violence, arts funding, injustice of bail, Javier Bardem in the Antarctic...
Media Edge
May 8, 2018
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Episode #680 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 19-25, 2018) includes: “Our Fight for Disability Rights -- And Why We're Not Done Yet” (17.5 minutes) Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest, in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest — and reminds us that, 40 years on, there's...
Topics: Disability Rights, White Supremacy and the Second Amendment, U.S. Intervention in Iraq, America's...
Media Edge
Apr 26, 2018
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Episode #679 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 12-18, 2018) includes: “Sentencing Reform -- Drug Addiction” (17.5 minutes) This video explores an alternative solution to arresting people struggling with drug addiction: The Post-Prison Education Program (PPEP), a successful treatment model based in Seattle that breaks the intergenerational cycle of addiction and crime through education and intensive post-release support. “The Laura Flanders Show”...
Topics: Sentencing Reform -- Drug Addiction, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, Trump Mental Health
Media Edge
Apr 23, 2018
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Episode #678 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 5-11, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26.5 minutes) Monopoly capitalism may be on its last legs! This week, economist Michael Hudson joins us to say his predictions on the Trump budget have come true and seem to suggest, more than ever, that capitalism is not only a disservice to the people, but it's also unsuccessful. "The Con Mannity Show" (4 minutes) In this parody of a...
Topics: The Con Mannity Show, Robert Reich, Power of Prosecutors, humanism, Everyone's Channel
Media Edge
Apr 16, 2018
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Episode #677 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 28 - May 4, 2018) includes:  "Immigrant Stories: Doctors and Nurses" (7.5 minutes) This video expose how inhumane immigration policies are forcing people to choose between medical care or deportation.  The Protecting Sensitive Locations Act would strengthen current guidelines, expand the list of sensitive locations, and prohibit enforcement activity within 1,000 feet of any sensitive location.  ...
Topics: Immigrant Stories, Dakota 38, When Abortion Was Illegal
Media Edge
Apr 9, 2018
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Episode #676 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 21-27, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (53 minutes) In these two episodes, Laura and her guests address these topics: “Healthcare isn't Big Business or Big Philanthropy” and “U.S. Democrats & Europe's Left." "Trump's Brand is Ayn Rand" (5 minutes) Robert Reich explains why Ayn Rand's ideas have destroyed the common good. "Environmental Racism in the...
Topics: Trump's Brand is Ayn Rand, Environmental Racism in the South, Millennials Are Changing America,...
Media Edge
Apr 2, 2018
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"A Focus on Black History Every Month" (7 minutes) The very existence of “Black History Month” suggests that, for 28 days in February, we should think about Black History, so that we can comfortably forget about it for the next 11 months of the year. But that’s a dangerousand sometimes fatal mistake, because forgetting or ignoring history can cause chaos. "The Human Stories behind Mass Incarceration" (14 minutes) The U. S. locks up more people than any other country in...
Topics: Black History Month, Mass Incarceration, isirika, Ghosts of Jeju
Media Edge
Mar 27, 2018
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Episode #674 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 7-13, 2018) includes:   "The Laura Flanders Show" (two episodes, 26.5 minutes each) 1.  "Some of us have too much of this world’s goods​... and we are thereby separated too widely from each other," ​wrote Eleanor Roosevelt, the subject of Blanche Wiesen Cook's three-volume biography​. ​Laura speaks to Cook about ​Eleanor - the First Lady of the World - and why her work still...
Topics: Laura Flanders, Naomi Klein, Trump's Stock Buyback Bamboozle, The Story of Stuff, Culture of Hate
Media Edge
Mar 22, 2018
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Episode #673 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 31 - April 6, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes) Laura talks with young activists Jessica Campbell of the Rural Organizing Project and Lou Murrey of the Stay Together Appalachia. They share tips on combating the right in rural communities. Then, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi share their high school project - a crowdsourced racial literacy curriculum. "Your 3 Choices When It...
Topics: Unintended Consequences of Technology, Trickle Down Economics, funding higher education in America,...
Media Edge
Mar 13, 2018
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Episode #672 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 24-30, 2018) includes:  "Who Should Get Into the USA?" (17.5 minutes) Robert Reich looks at the facts behind the immigration debate.  "The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes) Laura talks politics, culture, and economics with Tarso Luís Ramos, executive director of Political Research Associates, and Sarah Ludwig, co-founder of the New Economy Project. Plus, Laura's weekly commentary with...
Topics: Who Should Get Into the USA?, How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situations, Preventing Gun Violence
Media Edge
Mar 7, 2018
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Episode #671 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 17-23, 2018) includes: "New Jersey’s Money Bail Overhaul: A Success Story" (5.5 minutes) A success story – New Jersey’s historic money bail reform! New Jersey’s new pretrial justice system provides hope and best practices for states working to end mass incarceration. On January 1, 2017, New Jersey essentially ended its money bail system. The state’s pretrial incarceration rate has since...
Topics: Money Bail, Can Trump Fire Mueller, Divesting, How Protest Is Redefining Democracy around the...
Media Edge
Feb 27, 2018
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Episode #670 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 10-16, 2018) includes: "How to Ignite Social Change" (16 minutes) Robert Reich invites you to join his class on wealth and inequality in America. The topic for the first lecture is the three elements of social change. "Understand Your Split Brain" (22.5 minutes) In his second class in this series, Robert Reich examines the competing values that inform Americans' views of the economy....
Topics: How to Ignite Social Change, Robert Reich, Understand Your Split Brain, What Should Be the Purpose...
Media Edge
Feb 21, 2018
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Episode #669 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 3-9, 2018) includes: "Mental Health Experts on Donald Trump" (14 minutes) Leading mental health experts speak out on the world’s most dangerous man. Donald Trump has incited his followers to violence, brags about his sexual assaults, and is unable to respond calmly to any criticism. We need a nonpartisan expert panel to assess Trump’s mental fitness. "The Laura Flanders Show" (26.5...
Topics: Mental Health Experts on Donald Trump, Off-Grid Solar Energy, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta,...
Media Edge
Feb 14, 2018
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Episode #668 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 24 - March 2, 2018) includes: "Saving the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy: Why America needs a Poor People’s Campaign and a National Moral Revival" (1 hour, 56 minutes) This entire episode of Media Edge will include our recording of a spellbinding presentation by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber in Sacramento on November 3, 2017 at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Barber inspired a...
Topics: Saving the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
Media Edge
Feb 6, 2018
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Episode #667 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 17-23, 2018) includes: "Trump's 20 Worst Broken Promises" (9 minutes) Robert Reich explains Trump broken promises to his voters. "The Muslim Ban -- One Year Later" (3.5 minutes) It's been a year since Trump enacted his misguided and discriminatory Muslim Ban. It was wrong then and it's wrong now "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) What difference does it make when some...
Topics: Trump's 20 Worst Broken Promises, The Muslim Ban, Virginia’s Newly Elected Delegates Bring...
Media Edge
Jan 29, 2018
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Episode #666 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 10-16, 2018) includes: "You Can’t Have Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet" (7 minutes) The earth is full. It's full of us. Full of our stuff. Full of our waste. Full of our demands. Our economy is now bigger than its host, our planet. What this means is our economy is unsustainable. When things aren't sustainable, they stop. Economic growth will stop because of the end of cheap resources. It...
Topics: You Can’t Have Infinite Growth on a Finite Planet, Three Thoughtful Ways to Conserve Water, How...
Media Edge
Jan 23, 2018
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Episode #665 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 3-9, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes) 2018 brought us #TimesUp, but the history of collaboration between grassroots activists and Hollywood celebrities was already very long. Laura talks to Eve Ensler, who will be returning to Broadway with a new play titled "In The Body of the World," about why our bodies must be connected to our politics. Then, an interview with...
Topics: #TimesUp, Palm Oil Industry, Power of Citizen Video, How to Talk About the Muslim Ban, Redefining...
Media Edge
Jan 16, 2018
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Episode #664 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 27 - February 2, 2018) includes: "The Big Picture: How We Got Into This Mess, And How We to Get Out of It" (6.5 minutes) Robert Reich looks at the rise of Big Money in politics, the decline of our democracy, and Trump's election. "Sentencing Reform - The Power of Fear" (5 minutes) It’s time to end mass incarceration. Locking up more and more people for longer and longer doesn’t make...
Topics: How We Got Into This Mess - And How We to Get Out of It, Sentencing Reform - The Power of Fear, The...
Media Edge
Jan 9, 2018
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Episode #663 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 20-26, 2018) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26.5 minutes) Can sanctuary exist in a state that still insists on broken windows policing? Ravi Ragbir and Sara Gozalo of The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City describe pushing back state pressure and creating real sanctuary, communally, through partnering -- not policing. "Our Treatment of HIV Has Advanced. Why Hasn't the Stigma...
Topics: HIV Stigma, Gun Violence In America, Bring Andres Home
Media Edge
Jan 3, 2018
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Episode #662 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 13-19, 2018) includes: "Why Tax Breaks For the Rich Don't Create Jobs" (3 minutes) It's time to end the "trickle-down" myth. "Courage Is Contagious" (5.5 minutes) When artist Damon Davis went to join the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after police killed Michael Brown in 2014, he found not only anger but also a sense of love for self and community. His documentary "Whose...
Topics: Why Tax Breaks For the Rich Don't Create Jobs, Whose Streets?, Warrantless Surveillance, When...
Media Edge
Dec 22, 2017
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Episode #661 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 6-12, 2018) includes:  "One Word Defined 2017: Resist" (2 minutes) In the wake of Donald Trump becoming the U.S. president, people around the world poured into the streets to resist.  "40 Strangers, 50 Questions" (7.5 minutes)  As our country becomes increasingly divided, we must acknowledge our many differences, yet understand and embrace that we are all one. We must help one...
Topics: Resist, 40 Strangers -- 50 Questions, Bringing Jaguars back to the U.S. Southwest, Story of Cap...
Media Edge
Dec 20, 2017
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Episode #660 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of December 30, 2017 to January 5, 2018) includes:   "16 Women and Donald Trump" (4 minutes) 16 women have come forward to report being sexually harassed or assaulted by Donald Trump. Seeing their stories together is incredibly powerful, and damning. It's time to hold him to account.   "The Laura Flanders Show" (27 minutes) This show comes from Whitakers, North Carolina and the annual gathering...
Topics: Donald Trump sexually harassment, Southern Movement Assemblies, Drilling in the Arctic National...
Media Edge
Dec 11, 2017
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Episode #659 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of December 23-29, 2017) includes:   "Conventional Economics Is a Form of Brain Damage" (4 minutes) This video points out the fallacy of conventional economics - a belief that there are no limits to growth – and makes an emotional appeal to economists to include the biosphere and life itself in their economic models.   "The Laura Flanders Show" (27 minutes) Riane Eisler, author of the...
Topics: Conventional Economics Is a Form of Brain Damage, post-industrial economics, Voting Rights, voter...
Media Edge
Dec 6, 2017
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Episode #658 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of December 16-22, 2017) includes: "A Wave of Renewable Energy Resistance is Taking Root" (8 minutes) This film tells the story of the Solar XL campaign, from where it started to where it's going. It takes you to the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota where the pipeline would run half a mile outside its border. It also shows the family farm of Jim Carlson in Nebraska where the first solar...
Topics: Renewable Energy, Black Lives Matter, Nuclear War, Fukushima, traditional African knowledge
Media Edge
Nov 27, 2017
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Episode #657 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of December 9-15, 2017) includes:  "Tax the Rich -- An Animated Fairy Tale" (8 minutes)  An animated fairy tale, narrated by Ed Asner with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers, this 8 minute video illustrates how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and...
Topics: Tax the Rich, renewable energy, alternatives to socialism and capitalism, Aja Monet, Women in...
Media Edge
Nov 26, 2017
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Episode #656 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of December 2-8, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Waging love and watching resilient wildlife; we ask two charismatic leaders how they keep their sprits brave. Reverend Dr. Jacqui Lewis is senior minister at New York’s Middle Collegiate Church and a contributor to the 2017 collection Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump. Adrienne Maree Brown is co-editor of Octavia’s Brood,...
Topics: How to Have a Relationship with a Wild Animal, How to Have a Relationship with a Wild Animal
Media Edge
Nov 16, 2017
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Episode #655 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of November 25 - December 1, 2017) includes: "Saving the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy: Why America needs a Poor People’s Campaign and a National Moral Revival" (1 hour, 56 minutes) This entire episode of Media Edge includes our recording of a spellbinding presentation by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber in Sacramento on November 3 at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Rev. Dr. Barber inspired a packed...
Topic: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
Media Edge
Nov 16, 2017
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A spellbinding presentation by Rev. Dr.  William J. Barber in Sacramento on November 3, 2017 at the St. Mark's United Methodist Church.  Rev. Dr. Barber inspired a packed Moon Lecture Series audience to their feet with his enthusiasm.  He was the architect of the “Forward Together Movement,” which gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests. He is the President of “Repairers of the Breach,” sits on the National NAACP Board of Directors, and is the 2015 recipient of the...
Topic: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber
Media Edge
Nov 2, 2017
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Episode #654 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of November 18-24, 2017) includes: "Gun Violence In America: A Preventable Epidemic" (67 minutes) On October 22, 2017, Joshua Sugarmann, founder and executive director of the Violence Policy center in Washington, D.C., was the keynote speaker at the Joint Annual Dinner of the Sacramento Chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Americans Against Gun Violence.  Sugarmann asserted that the...
Topics: Gun Violence In America, Cutting Corporate Taxes, capitalism, Diverse Thought
Media Edge
Oct 30, 2017
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Episode #653 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of November 11-17, 2017) includes: "Immigrant Prisons" (14.5 minutes) Few Americans know about our nation's system of immigrant detention centers. Each year, the U.S. government locks up roughly 440,000 immigrants in over 200 immigrant prisons. Companies like the CCA and Geo Group, got started in the 1980s, and have since made over $12 billion in profits, largely from immigrant detention. These facilities...
Topics: Immigrant Prisons, sanctuary, Christiane Amanpour, fake news, media diversity, family farmers in...
Media Edge
Oct 24, 2017
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Episode #652 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of November 4-10, 2017) includes: "What Happened? … And What Do We Do Now?" (1 hour, 31 minutes) One year ago, on November 11, 2016 (just 3 days after the presidential election), a shocked Sacramento audience welcomed Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, who spoke with them about the results of the 2016 presidential election, and what we can do...
Topics: Eugene Robinson, reproductive justice, contraceptive coverage, Fox News, White Supremacists,...
Media Edge
Oct 17, 2017
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Episode #651 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of October 28 - November 3, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (27 minutes) Going beyond the headlines of the Ferguson story, a talk with one of the directors of the documentary "Whose Streets?" As the news cameras left Ferguson, Missouri, after the police killing of Michael Brown, Sabaah Folayan and her team stayed on to document what happens to people subjected to police violence as a...
Topics: Whose Streets?, the Arctic, Black Man Goes Undercover in the Alt-Right, Untold Stories of DREAMERS,...
Media Edge
Oct 10, 2017
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Episode #650 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of October 21-27, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25.5 minutes) From taking power to making power. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, a special report from Athens, Greece where many are asking if progressives in government can change much at all if people don’t first change society. In 2015, anti-austerity Greeks were disappointed by the progressive left Syriza government, which they'd voted...
Topics: Greek progressives, Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, capitalism, Blind Faith in Big...
Media Edge
Oct 2, 2017
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Episode #649 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of October 14-20, 2017) includes:  "The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes)  Marxist geographer David Harvey weighs in on natural and not so natural disasters and how we might organize our cities better to avoid them. And Thanu Yakupitiyage from 350.org explains why climate justice requires that we make movements that will reverse our policies on refugees.  "Trump’s Strange Alliance with...
Topics: Trump and Russia, 800 Mile Wall
Media Edge
Sep 25, 2017
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Episode #648 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of October 7-13, 2017) includes:  "The Struggle Continues" (1 hour, 22 minutes)  On September 15, David Archambault II, tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, spoke to a Sacramento audience about the the history of the struggle his ancestors had to endure, and how that struggle is very much alive today. Chairman Archambault was instrumental in setting up resistance camps...
Topics: The Struggle Continues, David Archambault II, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Reverend Dr....
Media Edge
Sep 18, 2017
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Episode #647 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 30 - October 6, 2017) includes:  "The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes) Anti-Trump is not enough! This week, the Laura Flanders show comes to you from Berlin. In the lead up to the German elections, the German left is saying that opposing Trump is simply not enough. But the left has work to do too, as we'll see. Then, two guests join us in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss new governance from...
Topics: cooperative economics, Dakota 38
Media Edge
Sep 12, 2017
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Episode #646 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 23-29, 2017) includes:  "How the US Government Spies on People Who Protest -- Including You" (14.5 minutes)  What's stopping the American government from recording your phone calls, reading your emails and monitoring your location? Very little, says surveillance and cybersecurity counsel Jennifer Granick. The government collects all kinds of information about you easily, cheaply and without a...
Topics: How the US Government Spies on People Who Protest -- Including You, When Heritage Equals Hate --...
Media Edge
Sep 5, 2017
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Episode #645 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 16-22, 2017) includes: "How I Help Free Innocent People from Prison" (12 minutes) Harvard Law professor Ronald Sullivan fights to free wrongfully convicted people from jail — in fact, he has freed some 6,000 innocent people over the course of his career. He shares heartbreaking stories of how (and why) people end up being put in jail for something they didn't do, and the consequences in their...
Topics: How I Help Free Innocent People from Prison, Bring Andres Home, Operation Virus Hunter, The Ghosts...
Media Edge
Aug 30, 2017
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Episode #644 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 9-15, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Can music make a movement? This week, legendary music producer Danny Goldberg takes us back to a time when "All You Need is Love" was not meant to be ironic, and we talk about his new book, In Search of the Lost Chord about the hippie summer of 1967. Then, from today's movement music scene, Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman...
Topics: Here the Rains Never Come, Can Art Amend History, A Deal With the Devil, Preventing Gun Violence...
Media Edge
Aug 25, 2017
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Episode #643 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of September 2-8, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Throw out what you think you know about economics. This week, self-described “renegade economist” Kate Raworth of Oxford University, explains how to think like a reality based economist, and two eco-feminists, one from South Africa, the other Mauritius, share a chat under a tree about Marx, feminism and life on the planet"...
Topics: Bernie Sanders at the People's Summit 2017, Can Clouds Buy Us More Time to Solve Climate Change, To...
Media Edge
Aug 16, 2017
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Episode #642 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 26 - September 1, 2017) includes: "The Bail Trap: American Ransom" (27 minutes) Three short films from this Brave New Films series, including: 1. "Breaking Down Bail -- Debunking Common Bail Myths" -- Few people know what bail really is, let alone how it all works. This short video explains it all. 2. "Tai's Story -- College or Bail?" -- 70% of people in jail are there for one...
Topics: The Bail Trap, Green Card Voices, What Rivers Can Tell Us about the Earth's History, Reclaiming...
Media Edge
Aug 7, 2017
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Episode #641 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 19-25, 2017) includes: "Al Gore -- The Problems of Climate Denial" (4 minutes) Former Vice President Al Gore, Co-Founder of the Climate Reality Project, talks about the reasons for the unusually high denial of the existence of climate change by conservatives and their followers in the United States. "Don't Feel Sorry for Refugees – Believe in Them" (14 minutes) "We have seen...
Topics: Al Gore, Climate Denial, Refugees, ALEC, Seeds of Freedom
Media Edge
Aug 3, 2017
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Episode #640 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 12-18, 2017) includes: "Green Card Voices: Muhend Abakar" (8 minutes) Born in the city of Nyala, Muhend Abakar spent the first four years of his life in Sudan before moving to Egypt with his family. When he first arrived in Egypt, he was saddened by the racism he encountered and had a difficult time socializing. Muhend eventually made many friends by playing of soccer and discovered how easy it is...
Topics: Green Card Voices, Muhend Abakar, Deport Hate, Why Journalists Have an Obligation to Challenge...
Media Edge
Jul 24, 2017
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Episode #639 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of August 5-11, 2017) includes: "A Celebration of Natural Hair" (14 minutes) Cheyenne Cochrane explores the role that hair texture has played in the history of being black in America — from the heat straightening products of the post-Civil War era to the thousands of women today who have decided to stop  chasing a conventional beauty standard and start embracing their natural hair. "This is about...
Topics: A Celebration of Natural Hair, Our Food - Our Future, Ecological farming, Compassionate Release,...
Media Edge
Jul 20, 2017
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Episode #638 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 29 - August 4, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25.5 minutes) Organizing in a Trump and Amazon World -- new concentrations of power are bringing forth new models of resistance. Cathy Albisa and Sabino Milian discuss the targeting of activists in immigration sweeps. Those ICE raids aren't that random, they say. And as Amazon gets ever bigger, what happens to the workers behind your...
Topics: Immigrants For Sale, 40 Strangers - 50 Questions, How Pollution is Changing the Ocean’s Chemistry
Media Edge
Jul 9, 2017
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Episode #637 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 22-28, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26 minutes) The lines between politics and branding have been blurred, not just in recent years, but in a gradual effort by corporations to commodify media and politics. So says our guest this week, Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, joining Laura to discuss her most recent book No Is Not Enough. How will the...
Topics: Fake News, Over Troubled Waters, Citizens United vs. FEC, Criminalizing Mental Health
Media Edge
Jul 6, 2017
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Episode #636 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 15-21, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Money media keep telling us that Trump voters are sticking by him, but are they? And what do so-called swing voters really want? Working America, the community organizing affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., took to the streets of Ohio to find out. Matt Morrison, the deputy director of Working America, shares the findings of the Front Porch...
Topics: SB 562 - The Healthy California Act, Canada’s Largest Logging Company Wants to Sue Greenpeace Out...
Media Edge
Jun 30, 2017
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Episode #635 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 8-14, 2017) includes: TRIBUTE TO GEORGE STONEY: George Stoney, the “father of public access TV,” died on July 12, 2012 at the age of 96. Media Edge marks the fifth anniversary of his passing this week with two videos about his life and work, and his never-ending support of community media: "Everyone's Channel" (60 minutes) This 1990 video documents the history of U.S. community television and...
Topics: George Stoney, Everyone's Channel, Happy Collaborator
Media Edge
Jun 23, 2017
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Episode #634 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of July 1-7, 2017) includes: "Bernie Sanders at the People's Summit 2017" (54 minutes) Bernie Sanders delivered this rousing keynote speech on June 10 at the People’s Summit 2017 in Chicago.  Sanders makes it clear: The time for Revolution is now. "This is What Democracy Looks Like" (13 minutes) In a quest to make sense of the political environment in the United States in 2017, lawyer and ACLU...
Topics: Bernie Sanders at the People's Summit 2017, This is What Democracy Looks Like, The Story of Cap...
Media Edge
Jun 15, 2017
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Episode #633 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 24-30, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25.5 minutes) If, in the twenty-first century, credit is the new capital , what are the implications for our finances, but also our relationships? This week, Laura talks with Ivan Ascher, author of a new book on The Portfolio Society, and debt activist Pam Brown, about the implications of a society based on risk rather than labor.  And we hear from...
Topics: Am I Not Human -- A Call for Criminal Justice Reform, 2017 High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Media Edge
Jun 5, 2017
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Episode #632 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 17-23, 2017) includes:   "Robert Reich: 7 Reasons Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts Make No Sense" (4 minutes) Donald Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. This would blow a massive hole in the federal budget while benefitting Trump's super-rich friends and business associates.   "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) A new world based on community and collaboration is...
Topics: 7 Reasons Trump's Corporate Tax Cuts Make No Sense, Restorative Justice, Poverty Isn't a Lack of...
Media Edge
Jun 1, 2017
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Episode #631 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of June 10-16, 2017) includes: "How Human Noise Affects Ocean Habitats" (12 minutes) Oceanographer Kate Stafford lowers us into the sonically rich depths of the Arctic Ocean, where ice groans, whales sing to communicate over vast distances — and climate change and human noise threaten to alter the environment in ways we don't understand. Learn more about why this underwater soundscape matters and what we...
Topics: How Human Noise Affects Human Habitats, The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Media Edge
May 27, 2017
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Episode #630 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 27 - June 2, 2017) includes: "The Call to Sanctuary: How to Create Safety in Your Community" (5.5 minutes) The Trump agenda calls for a rush on deportations. That means we need a call to sanctuary now by keeping our communities safe and speaking out louder than ever before. Together we can protect the most vulnerable by pushing our cities and counties to take up Sanctuary and uphold the...
Topics: The Call to Sanctuary: How to Create Safety in Your Community, Peak Moment
Media Edge
May 18, 2017
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Episode #629 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 27 - June 2, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show”  (25 minutes) On this week's episode, a question of how we can use direct action to create and sustain long-range, inclusive and effective movements.  Guests L.A. Kauffman and Jesse Myerson discuss the history of protest movements, the limits, and the potential that they incur for creating community-oriented solutions to patriarchy, capitalism,...
Topics: Why Civilians Suffer More When a War Is Over, Koch Brothers, Greed 101, Behind the Lies of...
Media Edge
May 9, 2017
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Episode #628 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 20-26, 2017) includes: "2017 High School Scholarship Essay Contest”  (1 hour, 23 minutes) On April 30, 2017, Sacramento area high school students read and defended their essays in response to this quotation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt: "Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is...
Topics: 2017 High School Scholarship Essay Contest, Single Payer Healthcare, Story of Stuff
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"2017 PSR High School Scholarship Essay Contest”  (1 hour, 23 minutes) On April 30, 2017, Sacramento area high school students read and defended their essays in response to this quotation from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt:  "Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education." The 10 finalists presented their essays at the contest finals dinner that was attended by more...
Topic: 2017 High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Media Edge
May 8, 2017
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Episode #627 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 13-19, 2017) includes:   "The Laura Flanders Show Presents: 'Ireland’s New Rising' ”  (25 minutes) With the news around Brexit, the question of Irish sovereignty still looms large. New challenges face the Irish in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and slashes to public spending in the North have ignited fresh waves of resistance. In this special report, Laura Flanders returns to Ireland, 30...
Topics: Ireland, Westboro Baptist Church, Hedge Fund Billionaires, feminism
Media Edge
May 5, 2017
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This video is about SB 562 in California.
Topics: healthcare, SB562
Media Edge
Apr 27, 2017
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Episode #626 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of May 6-12, 2017) includes: "5 To Life Compassionate Release" (9 minutes) The terminally ill deserve to die a dignified death with loved ones able to see them go in peace. But for Allison's father, it was too late. Watch their story about the agonizing struggle against time and red tape that is all too familiar to too many Americans dealing with the criminal justice system. "How Racism Makes Us...
Topics: compassionate release, race discrimination, nuclear war, refugee families
Media Edge
Apr 20, 2017
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Episode #625 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 29 - May 5, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) This week, Angela Glover Blackwell, executive director of PolicyLink and former Obama advisor, has a long history of using policy for progressive, radical, change. Blackwell says this is a moment to protect and resist, certainly, but also a time to return to the roots that are our local neighborhoods, our cities, our suburbs and...
Topics: DACA, immigration, ecological farming, illegal fishing, Jeju Island
Media Edge
Apr 17, 2017
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Episode #624 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 22-28, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) We’re living in a time of economic babble, where politicians and economists throw out words like “reform,” “privatize,” and “austerity” to prop up corrupt capitalist opportunists. So says our guest this week, economist Michael Hudson, author of J is for Junk Economics. Plus, a report from Diverse Filmmaker’s Alliance on...
Topics: corrupt capitalism, Darfur, genocide, Dakota 38
Media Edge
Apr 5, 2017
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Episode #623 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 15-21, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (80.5 minutes) Three episodes of The Laura Flanders Show are presented:     (1) "Trumpism, Warfare, and Fixing Fissures in the Left."  Laura interviews organizers about going beyond Trumpism and Trump, with Color of Change director, Rashad Robinson; immigrant rights advocate Kica Thomas, and anti-war activist Medea Benjamin.     (2)...
Topics: Trump, feminism, intersectionality, alternatives to incarceration, racism
Media Edge
Mar 27, 2017
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Episode #621 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 1-7, 2017) includes: "Trump's Troubling Ties to Russia" (2.5 minutes) Donald Trump’s dangerous infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin has been well documented. Less well known, however, are his vast ties to shady Russian businessmen and oligarchs who have helped to fund his real estate empire. Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s shady and long-running ties to Russia and how...
Topics: Trump and Russia, fracking, whistleblowers, news industry, progressive policing
Media Edge
Mar 7, 2017
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Episode #620 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 25-31, 2017) includes: "Indivisible -- A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda" (2.5 minutes) Together, we can resist and win! Watch and share this quick guide to learning about the best practices for making Congress listen -- straight from the brilliant minds of congressional staffers. "The Laura Flanders Show" (25.5 minutes) Laura attends the Progressive Congress Summit to...
Topics: Indivisible -- A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda, Dirty Water - Dirty Money: Coal...
Media Edge
Mar 7, 2017
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Episode #619 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 18-24, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Trump has been critiqued, among other things, as the troll-in-chief. His presidential win can be credited to the rise of alt-right internet 'trolls,' complex bots, and the online harassment of his opponents. Our guest this week, Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a filmmaker and activist, says the spread of online attacks comes with vast offline...
Topics: 30th Annual August Peace Event, The Data behind Hollywood’s Sexism, Reclaiming Their Voice: The...
Media Edge
Mar 1, 2017
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Episode #618 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 11-17, 2017) includes: "The Racial Politics of Time" (12.5 minutes) Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you...
Topics: The Racial Politics of Time, An Evening with Senator Marie Chappelle-Nadal
Media Edge
Feb 21, 2017
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Episode #617 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of March 4-10, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Political voices Kate Aronoff and Jonah Birch discuss the future of the Left: were the election results a testament to the decline of the Left, or is this a moment for a new left movement? When 13 million people in America cast a vote for a self described Democratic Socialist, is there hope to be found in a political movement propelled by...
Topics: Trump’s Election and the Power of Fear, Preventing Gun Violence – An International Perspective,...
Media Edge
Feb 16, 2017
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Episode #616 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 25 - March 3, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (26.5 minutes) In a time where unconstitutional and violent orders like the Muslim travel ban are the daily occurrences, it's important to lift up the people and organizations who have continuously been on the frontlines of this work. In this special for Black History Month, Laura interviews Opal Tometi, a Black feminist writer,...
Topics: If a Story Moves You Act On It, 2016 High School Scholarship Essay Contest
Media Edge
Feb 6, 2017
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Episode #615 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 18-24, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) If we're going to liberate anyone in the era of Trump, we'll have to start looking where we haven't looked before. This week's guests, radical Southern activists Suzanne Pharr and Stephanie Guilloud, spoke with Laura at Facing Race in November 2016, just days after the election. Through their movement work in the South, both have...
Topics: Guns with History, The 800 Mile Wall
Media Edge
Jan 31, 2017
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Episode #614 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 11-17, 2017) includes: "DAPL: The Struggle Continues" (10 minutes) On January 24, 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Protests broke out around the country, including this one in Sacramento, California. "Fukushima: Living with a Disaster" (17 minutes) Five years after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, an end to the disaster...
Topics: DAPL: The Struggle Continues, Fukushima: Living with a Disaster, How Online Abuse of Women Has...
Media Edge
Jan 25, 2017
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Episode #613 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of February 4-10, 2017) includes: "The Laura Flanders Show" (25 minutes) Capitalism looks different to those who were once commodities, and that has implications for how we build a future not based in domination. In this conversation, Laura talks with Farah Tanis, executive director of Black Women's Blueprint and economist Professor Richard Wolff about late capitalism, early democracy, the crisis that gave...
Topics: The World Doesn’t Need More Nuclear Weapons, Breaking Down Bail -- Debunking Common Bail Myths,...
Media Edge
Jan 16, 2017
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Episode #612 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 28 - February 3, 2017) includes:   "How Students of Color Confront Impostor Syndrome" (10.5 minutes) As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a...
Topics: How Students of Color Confront Impostor Syndrome, What Happened? … And What Do We Do Now?, Eugene...
Media Edge
Jan 11, 2017
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Episode #611 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 21-27, 2017) includes: "Last Hours" (11 minutes) “Last Hours” was written by Thom Hartmann and co-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s father, George.  This short documentary leaps far ahead of immediate issues of oceans rising to take away coastland.  Frequent extreme weather events are happening in unusual places, causing record breaking destruction.  Hurricanes, tornados, ice, hail and...
Topics: Last Hours, The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich, Our Water -- Our Future, Tom...
Media Edge
Jan 3, 2017
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Episode #610 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 14-20, 2017) includes: "How America's Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty" (14 minutes) Why should a good education be exclusive to rich kids? Schools in low-income neighborhoods across the US, specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools — things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields — and this has a real...
Topics: How America's Public Schools Keep Kids in Poverty, Seeds of Freedom, The Big Picture, Help for Kids...
Media Edge
Dec 21, 2016
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Episode #609 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of January 7-13, 2017) includes: "Inside the Mind of a Former Radical Jihadist" (17. 5 minutes) "For a long time, I lived for death," says Manwar Ali, a former radical jihadist who participated in violent, armed campaigns in the Middle East and Asia in the 1980s. In this moving talk, he reflects on his experience with radicalization and makes a powerful, direct appeal to anyone drawn to Islamist...
Topics: Inside the Mind of a Former Radical Jihadist, The Growing Danger of Nuclear War… and What We Can...
Media Edge
Dec 20, 2016
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Episode #608 of “Media Edge” (initial airing by most of our cable access TV affiliates during the period of December 31, 2016 - January 6, 2017) includes: "Islamophobia Killed My Brother" (15 minutes) On February 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat's brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor's sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The perpetrator's story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until...
Topics: Islamophobia Killed My Brother, An Evening with Barry Scheck: Justice for the Innocent, Your...